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Monday, September 12, 2011

MEHDI AND BRONTERRE HEAD ENTRIES FOR £200,000 TATTERSALLS MILLIONS MEDIAN AUCTION TROPHY

Europe’s most valuable sales race series continues this Saturday with the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Fillies’ Median Auction Stakes and the £200,000 Tattersalls Millions Median Auction Trophy at Newmarket Racecourses’ Rowley Mile, the second and third races of the eight race series, worth £1.75million.

Mehdi, winner of the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Median Auction Stakes on August 27th and the £55,000 first prize, will collect a further £110,000 should he win on Saturday. Trained by Brian Meehan, the Holy Roman Emperor colt was purchased by Angie Sykes for 50,000 guineas at Book 1 of the 2010 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and has been targeted at the Tattersalls Millions for his owner, Iraj Parvizi since the start of the season.

Amongst the 55 entries at the five-day entry stage is the David Wachman trained Alkazim who has finished second on his only three race starts. The colt, who is also by Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor, was purchased for 130,000 guineas.

David Wachman, trainer of Alkazim commented, “Alkazim is a nice horse coming into himself. He deserves his chance in this valuable race having run well on each of his starts we expect him to run well in it”.

Leading champion trainer, Richard Hannon is likely to be well represented on Saturday with 10 horses entered in the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Fillies’ Median Auction Stakes and 20 horses in the £200,000 Tattersalls Millions Median Auction Trophy. Included in the entries are Saturday’s impressive Listed winner Bronterre, purchased at October 1 for 110,000 guineas and stable mate Coupe de Ville who has won three out of four starts and was purchased for 82,000 guineas.

Richard Hannon Jnr commented, “Bronterre is an outstanding two-year-old and could be Group 1 material and Coupe de Ville has improved all year, but we will make a decision later in the week.”

The Charlie Hills-trained Balty Boys who finished a respectable fourth behind Mehdi in the first of the Tattersalls Millions series looks set to face the winner again this Saturday in the £200,000 Tattersalls Millions Median Auction Trophy. The Cape Cross colt who is partly owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, was purchased for 100,000 guineas as a yearling.

Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale featuring the only horses eligible for the 2012/13 Tattersalls Millions series takes place from Wednesday 5th October – Friday 7th October, 2011.


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